Archuleta County – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:32:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Treasurer extends property tax deadline in response to governor’s executive order http://www.pagosasun.com/treasurer-extends-property-tax-deadline-in-response-to-governors-executive-order/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200550 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
The Archuleta County Treasurer’s Office will accept first-half property tax payments, interest free, until April 20 in response to an executive order from Gov. Jared Polis.
The first-half payment deadline was March 2, but from now until April 20 Archuleta County will accept delinquent first-half payments without interest, according to Archuleta County Treasurer Elsa White.
White told The SUN in a Tuesday phone call that the full tax payment due by April 30 and the second-half tax payment due by June 15 are not impacted by Polis’s order at this time.
Polis’s order gave county treasurers the authority to waive delinquent interest on first-half property tax payments.
The treasurer’s office is not currently accepting walk-in visitors due to COVID-19 concerns. The office can be reached at 264-8325 (option 1) or at treasurer@archuletacounty.org.

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Republican County Assembly accomplished http://www.pagosasun.com/republican-county-assembly-accomplished/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200544 By Deborah Van Gundy
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta County commissioner candidates supported by the Republican Assembly process are Ronnie Maez in Commissioner District 1 and Warren Brown in Commissioner District 2.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-216/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200548 The following meetings are subject to change.
Thursday, April 2
Dispatch Executive Management board. 9:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center board room, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Southwestern Water Conservation District regular board meeting. Time to be determined, 841 E. Second Ave., Durango.
Friday, April 3
Southwestern Water Conservation District annual water seminar. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 841 E. Second Ave., Durango. Update regarding COVID-19.
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors focus group facilitation. 6 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Saturday, April 4
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors strategic planning facilitation. 9 a.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 7
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Wednesday, April 8
Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/649077192. Meeting ID: 649 077.
Thursday, April 9
Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District regular meeting. 5 p.m., 100 Lyn Ave.
Monday, April 13
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 4 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 14
Archuleta School District Board of Education elementary school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 141 S. 10th St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.

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Marquez, Berman will appear on primary ballot http://www.pagosasun.com/marquez-berman-will-appear-on-primary-ballot/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200542 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The Archuleta County Elections Office announced on March 17 that June E. Marquez and Nate Berman collected the required number of signatures and will appear as Republican candidates on the ballot for the June primary election.

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Food Coalition shifts to emergency action due to pandemic http://www.pagosasun.com/food-coalition-shifts-to-emergency-action-due-to-pandemic/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:37:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200511 By Pauline Benetti
Special to The SUN
What does it look like when a community mobilizes to confront an emergency? Archuleta County is doing that right now and this is what it looks like. The county, the town, medical facilities, food pantries, Archuleta School District, the Chamber of Commerce, many businesses and most of the county’s nonprofit organizations have all shifted into high gear.
This is about one of those community efforts. The Archuleta Food Systems Food Equity Coalition (Food Coalition) received a grant last fall to conduct a local food assessment and develop an implementation plan. The Food Coalition was using a community engagement approach to assess the local food supply/system with an eye toward reducing food insecurity and thus was in a good position to shift into emergency action as we entered into the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food Coalition functions as an organizing and coordinating agent and had already helped create working groups for the community food assessment/planning. The first among these being the Food Pantry Team, which has grown during the emergency food work to include all Archuleta food pantries — Amazing Grace Church, Community United Methodist Church, Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Restoration Fellowship Church and TARA Community Center (Arboles).
Food pantries have traditionally served the members of our community who need access to foods and supplies at no cost to them. They are now in overdrive to increase the supply of food available through their sites and to develop safe processes for distribution. Monetary donations to allow for targeted food purchases can be mailed to: P.O. Box 300, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
The community is also encouraged to donate nonperishables on a regular basis during this emergency time. Donation food boxes are set up at the UPS Store and Pagosa Brewing uptown. The list of items requested by the food pantries is available at foodcoalition4archuleta.weebly.com.
The Food Coalition, in partnership with the Senior Center, is working to connect seniors and other at-risk community members with food resources. A need was identified for a system that would receive and respond to both food donation calls and requests for food and shopping assistance for homebound members of our community. Those calls will come through the Archuleta County Call Center and be routed to volunteers who will then gather information from the callers to help respond to food needs appropriately.
In conjunction with this service, Meals on Wheels, Wilderness Journeys, Archuleta County’s Mountain Express Transit and Visiting Angels are working together on the transportation/delivery system of this emergency food work. Individuals supporting this work will be offered training in personal safety and safe food handling. Additionally, the Food Coalition is working with the Pagosa Baking Company to establish a restaurant-food pantry partnership that will add to the food supply in this emergency and that would serve as a model for future efforts in food waste prevention and resource recovery.
The Growers of Archuleta County is a second Food Coalition working group. This group is working to increase local production of food through several channels. Growers in the county who have green houses have been contacted and are in a unique position of being able to plant extra produce right now and are being encouraged to do so. County backyard growers and farmers and ranchers are being contacted to plant extra food when the season arrives. Information regarding safe handling and transportation resources for moving food to the different food pantries is in process right now and will be supplied to the growers.
Other Food Coalition groups that are actively engaged in the food work include the Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS), Communities Group (Arboles and Aspen Springs) and the Youth Rise class at Pagosa Springs High School. These groups contributed to the community food assessment work and, since COVID-19, have adapted their involvement in response to the needs of the community.
During this time, clear communication in our county is critical to keep our community informed and up to date as we respond to this rapidly changing situation. The county is working on communications with the community starting with the Archuleta County Call Center at 422-7084. This call center can connect community members with resources and agencies that can help answer questions.
Of course, calls for medical assistance should always go to 911 or to individual medical providers; and other needs (food shopping, building food boxes, securing food and supplies, fundraising, outreach, covering phone line for food related support) can now be directed to a central Archuleta County Call Center at 422-7084 and will be routed to the appropriate agency or individual.
Finally, the Food Coalition website — foodcoalition4archuleta.weebly.com — includes the Archuleta County Call Center number, 422-7084, an emergency food request form, a volunteer form and information regarding supportive services offered by food pantries (with a list of needed foods), schools, Senior Center and the Department of Human Services. Requests will be routed to the appropriate agency or individual.
There are many ways that one can become engaged in community emergency work. We invite those who choose to donate funds toward these efforts to contact us at fsfearchuleta@gmail.com to learn how their funds can be used to support those involved in securing food and related supplies in response to identified and emergent needs.

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Links to COVID-19 coverage http://www.pagosasun.com/covid-19-coverage/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:07:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200262

Archuleta County Central Call center

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Archuleta County Central Call Center established http://www.pagosasun.com/archuleta-county-central-call-center-established/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 08:30:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200167 By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The SUN
With the collaboration of several organizations and individuals, including the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Archuleta County will have a central call center. The number for the call center is (970) 422-7084. Callers will be calling into a main number.
They have the choice then for La Plata or Archuleta County. When the caller selects Archuleta County, an individual will come on the line and assist you with questions you may have and record your needs and forward to an agency that could assist you.
There is a range of assistance programs from food sources, to meals, to filing for unemployment, to business financial assistance programs to counseling services. The call center is designed to assist people with finding the resource that might be able to help them.
The needs of the community are great. Food security is one of the greatest concerns right now. The request for weekly food boxes has already been seen to increase and the demand is expected to grow in the upcoming weeks. If you are able at all, please consider buying an extra item or two and donate to one of the food distribution locations noted in a related article in this week’s SUN.
There are also ways that you can contribute money to the central food sourcing. More information will be available in the upcoming weeks and on the Chamber website, www.pagosachamber.com. Don’t hesitate to use the central call center number. People are there to help you and direct you to the appropriate agencies or to try and answer even simple questions you may have about assistance or a question of clarification. Additional questions can be directed to Mary Jo Coulehan at the Chamber at 264-2360.

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911 bill working its way through state legislature http://www.pagosasun.com/911-bill-working-its-way-through-state-legislature/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200151 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
House Bill 1293, a bill that would create a new statewide 911 surcharge in Colorado, is currently working its way through the state legislature.

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Archuleta School District outlines decreases in tax rates http://www.pagosasun.com/archuleta-school-district-outlines-decreases-in-tax-rates/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200192 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Total tax rates for Archuleta School District (ASD) have dropped 13.86 percent since last year, with a variety of other changes occurring in the past year, according to a report from ASD Finance Director Mike Hodgson.

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Archuleta School District takes additional steps in response to COVID-19 pandemic http://www.pagosasun.com/archuleta-school-district-takes-additional-steps-in-response-to-covid-19-pandemic/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200190 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education adopted and approved a variety of items to better prepare the district at a special meeting on March 23.

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